Surveyor Thomson ‘Explorer’ Pinot Noir 2012

There’s a great deal of synergy between Surveyor Thomson’s Pinot Noirs from Lowburn and burgundy wine. Owners David Hall-Jones and Pui Mun Chan have owned a home in Gevrey-Chambertin for the last ten years and recently purchased a small block of old vines in the ‘Les Evocelles’ vineyard. The company’s general manager Claudio Heye reckons Surveyor Thomson would be the only Kiwi winery with vines in Burgundy, and there will be around 40 cases of wine made annually from them. In New Zealand, the Surveyor Thomson wines are made by Dean Shaw at the Central Otago Wine Co., and the style of structure rather than fruit exuberance is clearly burgundian rather than New World. Here I review the latest 2012 ‘Explorer’ second tier Pinot Noir, which sports a bold new label based on a compass, which links it closer to the premium ‘Surveyor Thomson’ label. www.surveyorthomson.co.nz


  • Surveyor Thomson ‘Explorer’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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